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Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

A new front door color not only injects your personality into your home’s exterior, but it can create an entirely new atmosphere for your space. While we all love a door that seamlessly blends into our home’s structure, it’s also a good idea to create a look that stands out.

Not only does a gorgeous, unique exterior boost your home’s market value, but it keeps your home from blending into the rest on the block. We’ve come up with some of our favorite front door colors to help your home stand out from the crowd.

1. Red: Power, Passion and Protection

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    At first glance, red may seem a bit much, but it’s quickly becoming the go-to exterior paint color for front doors of nearly all home styles. The color red is known to symbolize power, passion and strength, which is a great way to show off your personal style and bold choices.

    We recommend using dark gold hardware and minimal decor to help create a standout look. Tip: Red doors look especially beautiful on cool, medium-gray homes with white trim and houses featuring warm, dark tones like rich brown with metal cladding.

    2. Blue: Soothing, Serene and Satisfying

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      Blue doors rarely make their debut outside, but as an exterior color, blue is soothing and tonal. Aiding in curb appeal, the color blue is often found in some of the most beautiful things on Earth: the ocean, the sky or maybe even your favorite sports team’s jerseys. Blue is serene yet poignant, which makes it an excellent choice for a front door. Blue doors are an excellent addition to your exterior look, especially if your home is brick with a neutral trim or light and natural with weathered features.

      3. Black: Elegant, Easy and Exclamatory

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        While black might not be your first choice when considering a new exterior door, hear us out. Black is extremely versatile and can be both a neutral and a dramatic accent color. Black helps to hide aspects of your entry that you might not care for, while still highlighting your front door to the rest of the cul-de-sac. Black front doors are especially extraordinary when featured on homes with light, warm exteriors or dark, neutral coloring.

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        4. Purple: Regal, Rare and Romantic

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          The color purple has the ability to be soft and soothing or bold and boisterous, depending on its shade and where it’s placed. Some might say that purple is one of the most versatile shades for an exterior color palette, and we’d have to agree. The entry to your home should be attention grabbing, and what better way to do so than with a lovely shade of lavender or a gracious shade of grape?

          A light gray home is best complemented by a deep, dark purple for the perfect balance of restraint and regality. If your home is on the darker side, a medium gray, perhaps; we suggest opting for a saturated purple with a hint of red to warm up the exterior of your home and make it that much more inviting.

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          5. White: Clean, Composed and Calm

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            If your style is more neutral than statement-making, consider going for a classic color. White front doors make any entryway look clean and simple, and are the perfect way to differentiate your exterior from your neighbor’s. White doors look gorgeous on nearly every style of home, from cool and contemporary to buttoned-up and traditional.

            With so many looks to choose from, your new front door is bound to give your home an instant refresh. Which color palette are you leaning towards?

            To see a selection of the front doors mentioned in this article, visit The Home Depot.

            Featured photo credit: morgueFile via mrg.bz

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            Last Updated on December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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